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Bruce Springsteen releases anti-Trump song

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Love can conquer hate…

Oh goody. I’ve never bought any of his music and won’t start now.

From Yahoo: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has denounced US President Donald Trump as a “conman” as he collaborated on a new protest song released Wednesday.

Joe Grushecky, a Pittsburgh-based heartland rocker who has worked in the past with Springsteen but has had much less commercial success, titled his song “That’s What Makes Us Great” — a play on Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

An energetic rock tune that sounds like it could have come from Springsteen’s E Street Band, the song halfway through features The Boss singing verses on his own. “Don’t you brag to me that you never read a book / I never put my faith in a conman and his crooks,” Springsteen sings in clear reference to Trump.

Springsteen and Grushecky come together for a chorus that urges mobilization against Trump. “It’s up to me and you / Love can conquer hate / I know this to be true / That’s what makes us great,” they sing.

While the song is not his own, it marks some of the most overtly political lyricism of Springsteen’s career alongside “American Skin (41 Shots”) about New York police officers’ 1999 killing of unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo.

Springsteen — whose songs have often told the plight of working-class Americans of the type who provided crucial support to Trump — largely stayed out of direct politics until 2004 when he campaigned for John Kerry in his failed bid to defeat president George W. Bush.

In November, Springsteen joined Hillary Clinton in a major election-eve rally in Philadelphia, where he denounced Trump for his “profound lack of decency,” and later played a somber, private show for Barack Obama’s staff as they left the White House.

Grushecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wrote the song around the time that Trump took office and that he sent it to Springsteen, who liked it and agreed to give it “the Bruce treatment.”

Grushecky said he had been outraged by Trump since the time the tycoon mocked a journalist with disabilities. “That to me is appalling. I have special needs people in my family and in my neighborhood. I worked with special needs people my whole life, and I was really offended by it,” he told the newspaper.

Wonder if Grushecky wrote a song after Obama’s Special Olympic joke? I’m being sarcastic, of course.

DCG

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New book pins Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump on her bad decisions and refusal to listen to advice

Hillary Clinton has been busy blaming any and everyone but herself for losing the 2016 presidential election — Russia, Democrats’ and RINOs’ new bogeyman; FBI Director Comey, who should be fired for letting lawless Hillary off; WikiLeaks, without which we would never know about the depths of her lawlessness and corruption, the satanic “spirit cooking” and Pizzagate; and misogyny, Americans whom she calls “deplorable”. (See DCG’s post, “Hillary explains why she really lost to Trump“)

Now, based on insider information, a new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes titled, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, puts the blame for her loss firmly on Hillary Clinton herself.

Fix This Nation reports, April 18, 2017:

According to the authors of  Shattered, Clinton’s loss in November was less the story of a shocking, last-minute surge for Trump and more the story of a campaign that was a chaotic mess from the primaries right through to Election Day.

As the New York Times put it in their review:

The portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.

The authors don’t dismiss the outside forces that contributed to Clinton’s failure, including the late decision by the FBI to reopen and then close the case surrounding her email server and the populist revolution that led to Brexit across the pond. But they say that Hillary’s fate might have been sealed by mistakes the candidate made before the campaign ever got going.

Setting up the private server, blurring the lines between her government career and her charitable foundation, and giving secret speeches to Wall Street crowds were all errors that Hillary could have easily avoided, the authors contend. These mistakes, they write, “hamstrung her own chances so badly that she couldn’t recover.”

But if she did have any chance of recovery, she blew it with a mismanaged, arrogant campaign that ignored the lessons of the primaries.

“[Clinton campaign chief Robby] Mook had made the near-fatal mistakes of underestimating [Bernie] Sanders and investing almost nothing early in the back end of the primary calendar,” the authors write. They argue that if the campaign had realized the gravity of Hillary’s upset loss to Sanders in Michigan, they might not have lost the “blue wall” of the Rust Belt to Trump in November.

Because her ego can’t handle the idea that she bears the bulk of the blame, Hillary Clinton is still clinging to a thousand and one external scapegoats: Russia, sexism, Comey, Bernie, the media, and so on down the line. She has refused to take responsibility for her own mistakes since the early 1990s, and her presidency would have been more of the same.

Shattered may or may not explain why Hillary lost, but it does a great job explaining why we’re lucky that she did.

According to Page Six, the book Shattered also says Hillary apologized to Obama on election night after losing to Trump, and that in 2008 Hillary had blamed her staff after losing the nomination to Obama. Convinced that someone(s) on her staff had sabotaged her campaign, Hillary had an aide access her campaign’s server to check the emails from top staffers to find out who was talking to whom, who was leaking to whom.

True to her scapegoating form, Hillary Clinton is now on a witch hunt to find out who in her camp had leaked the damaging information to Shattered‘s authors.

Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton’s presidential campaign, insisted that the book’s information “could only have come from someone in the inner circle.” Cheng has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks came from.

Note: Dennis Cheng is a longtime Hillary loyalist who was New York state finance director for the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign; deputy chief of protocol in the State Department when Hillary was secretary of state; and  chief development officer of the corrupt Clinton Foundation from 2011 to 2015, credited with raising $248 million. Cheng’s pic sets off my gaydar.

One source told Page Six, “The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He’s on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin . . . . There’s some speculation that Huma Abedin cooperated to save her own reputation. However, she and Hillary are still very close.”

Huma is writing her own book, and is said to be seeking $2 million for it.

~Eowyn

Feminists are insufferable: Huffington Post blogger suggests taking away white men’s right to vote

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Perpetual feminist Shelley

From Fox NewsA blog post published Thursday on the Huffington Post’s South African version of the site advocated stripping white men of their right to vote.

“Could It Be Time to Deny White Men the Franchise?” she asked Thursday in the title of her blog post.

“It is time to wrestle control of the world back from white males, and the first step will be a temporary restriction of the franchise to them,” according to Shelley Garland.

“If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened,” she explained. “It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely–the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world.”

Garland blames white men for electing Donald Trump and voting for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

“The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008,” she added. “This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.”

Click for more from the Washington Free Beacon.

DCG

Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump

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The most qualified womyn…

It’s the usual suspects and, of course, sexism.

From NBC News: Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks’ theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.

Clinton’s comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown’s eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.

She largely cited these factors for her defeat:

  • Russia. “A foreign power meddled with our election,” she said, labeling it “an act of aggression.” She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s involvement and said the probe should examine whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.
  • Misogyny. “Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted,” she said. Clinton added that “some people — women included — had real problems” with the idea of a woman president.
  • Comey. Clinton cited as damaging to her campaign his unusual decision to release of a letter on October 28, less than two weeks before Election Day, that said he was looking at additional emails related to the FBI probe of the former secretary of state’s use of a private server.
  • WikiLeaks. Weeks of disclosures of stolen emails from the personal account of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were particularly harmful, Clinton said, adding that it “played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand.”

She said the combination of Comey’s actions and the WikiLeaks’ revelations “had the determinative effect.”

About her own role, she said, “There were things I could have done better.”

While Clinton said there were “lots of contributing factors” to her failure to secure the nation’s highest office, she called Russia’s interference the “weaponization of information.”

“I didn’t fully understand how impactful that was and so it created doubts in people,” Clinton said. “But then the Comey letter coming as it did — just 10 days before the election — really raised questions in a lot of people.”

Two days before the election, Comey announced that none of the emails would lead to criminal charges — leaving in place the FBI’s determination from July. Officials told NBC News that nearly all of the emails were duplicates of emails that had been examined already.

Kristof also asked Clinton about Trump. “I don’t understand the commitment to hurt so many people that this administration, this White House, seems to be pursuing,” Clinton said, pointing to the immigration ban, the slashing of U.S. funding for the UN Population Fund, and the failed health care bill.  What they did or tried to do on the health care bill, which I will confess to this — having listened to them talking about repeal and replace for 8 years, or 7 years now, and they had not a clue what that meant,” she said. “They had no idea. I don’t know that any of them had ever even read the bill.”

Clinton, who is writing a book that she said would examine her defeat last year, said she doubted she would ever seek public office again. “Devastating,” was how she described her loss.

Watch the full video here.

DCG

Scarlett Johansson attacks Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’ and ‘disappointing’

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I doubt Ivanka is losing sleep over Scarlett being “disappointed” in her.

From Daily Mail: Actress Scarlett Johansson has launched a scathing attack on Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’ and ‘disappointing – weeks after playing her on Saturday Night Live. The 32-year-old used an appearance in New York to lace into the president’s daughter and adviser, accusing her of ‘standing behind a man’.

Johansson played Ivanka in a skit on SNL last month, advertising a perfume called ‘Complicit’.

On Thursday she appeared at the Women in the World conference in New York, which is run by Tina Brown, the former magazine editor who is a close friend of Hillary Clinton.

The actress was there to take part in a discussion described as ‘breaking up the boys club, an intimate conversation with Scarlett Johansson about her work, her activism and motherhood’. She was interviewed by Ariana Huffington, the founder of the liberal website Huffington Post, who began by playing the SNL sketch.

Johansson immediately weighed in on Ivanka, 35, who used an interview with CBS earlier this week to say: ‘If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.’

The actress – who had endorsed Democratic presidential loser Hillary Clinton – told Huffington that Ivanka’s interview with Gayle King on CBS was ‘baffling’.

Ivanka had said on the interview ‘I would say not to conflate lack of denouncement with silence… I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard’ as she emphasized that she did not always agree with her father.

But Johansson said: ‘You can’t have it both ways. If you take a job as a public advocate, then you have to advocate publicly.’ She added: ‘It’s such an old-fashioned concept to stand behind a man – what about standing in front of him and beside him?’

And she called Ivanka’s position ‘uninspired’ and ‘cowardly’, and said she was ‘disappointed’ in her.

She also suggested that it must be hard for Ivanka, whom she knew from growing up in New York, to find herself in the position she was in. ‘She has the power to make a big impact just by being vocal. She’s very well spoken, smart and intelligent woman and engaging. It baffles me.’

Johansson, who recently split from her husband Romain Dauriac, was not asked about their custody battle over two-year-old daughter Rose, despite the panel being about ‘motherhood’.

She was however asked about running for office, and said ‘I would never rule anything out.’ 

DCG

Tina Fey slams college-educated white women who voted for Trump

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College-educated white woman who can create drama…

Tina Fey is a college-educated white woman with a BA in drama.

From USA Today: Tina Fey has a message for the college-educated white women who helped elect Donald Trump: “You can’t look away.”

The comedian spoke during an American Civil Liberties Union fundraiser that also featured Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Tituss Burgess on Friday, and chatted about politics and the president from the stage. But later, she took a more serious tone, calling out a specific group of women who voted for the president.

She opened her segment of the live stream, talking about what she and Trump have in common: “One, neither of us has any business wearing khakis with the shirt tucked in. And two, we’re both very upset with the amount of fake news out in the world right now.”

Then, she dug into Trump for announcing what’s “surely an April Fools’ joke: “that next month will be national sexual assault awareness and prevention month. … So now we know what he gave up for Lent ― that’s good.”

And she made quips about the gender gap, saying how “women still only make one Ghostbusters movie to every two made by men” and “men average Oceans 11 for every Oceans 8 that goes to women.” Maybe, with your donation, she said, the ACLU can help break the “ultimate glass ceiling”: produce an “all-lady ‘Woman-tourage’ … or ‘Entour-vag,'” as she called it.

But Fey wasn’t building toward a punchline when she sat down to chat with ACLU lawyers about reproductive rights.

“The thing that I keep, I keep focusing on is the idea that we sort of need to hold the edges, that it’s sort of like a lot of this election was turned by kinda white college-educated women who would now maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV.” She said during the group discussion, “I would want to urge them to like, ‘You can’t look away, because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually’.”

The entire Facebook Live stream is available here.

DCG

DNC’s Perez says Trump a bully, ‘didn’t win election’

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The face of the DNC, Tom Perez

The DNC is off to a great start, in my opinion!

From Fox News: New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Friday night said President Trump “didn’t win the election” and suggested his Republican Party doesn’t care about voters.

The comments by Perez, Labor secretary under President Obama, appear to leave little doubt about the direction in which he will try to take the struggling committee.

“Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values. You didn’t win this election,” Perez said at the rally hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, according to a video posted by The Daily Caller.

Washington Democrats have since 2010 lost control of the House, then the Senate and the White House in 2016.

The defeat last year of frontrunner Hillary Clinton was an especially tough loss, considering hacked emails revealed that committee leaders tried to give Clinton the edge over primary challengers. And committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, resigned in the aftermath.

Perez spoke Friday in Newark, ahead of the state’s gubernatorial election in November, and thanked attendees for participating in the worldwide protests after Trump took office in January. “We have a bully in Washington in the White House,” he also said, according to several news reports.

Perez was elected by Democrats in February, in a close race with Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.

The contest was considered one between a progressive and an establishment candidate in Perez and raised concerns about whether either could reconnect with disaffected, Middle American loyalists who this time voted for Trump.

DCG